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EU envoy hopes Filipinos be co-bearers of learning through EHEF 2021

“Education is a fundamental right. It opens opportunities to better understand the world we live in and, at the same time, strengthens people-to-people links. It’s also the only path towards human and economic development.” — Luc Véron, Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the Philippines.

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Ambassador of the European Union to the Philippines Luc Véron. / photograph courtesy of european union

Luc Véron, ambassador of the European Union (EU) to the Philippines, pointed out that education is a priority area of cooperation under the bilateral EU and Philippines’ Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.

The EU has long since regarded education as a tool in establishing connections. It is also for the same reason that it initiated in 2007, together with the embassies and education services of its member states, the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF).

EHEF 2021, the biggest since its inception, will welcome 140 European higher education institutions offering MA and PhD degrees to Filipinos wishing to study in any of the participating EU member states, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Finland and Sweden. It will also have opportunities for financial support to student mobility, such as Erasmus Mundus, an EU scholarship program.

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In a virtual press conference, Véron said, “The fair includes opportunities for Filipino students to interact with the participating institutions and to ask questions. It also allows European and Philippine higher education institutions to explore partnership opportunities, mobility exchanges, joint research undertakings and other forms of higher education cooperation.”

Véron added that he is confident that the two-day fair will be a “highly dynamic and fruitful experience” for all participating students and partners from the academic sector.

The ambassador also expressed his gratitude to the support Philippine universities and the Commission on Higher Education have been giving since the EU started EHEF more than a decade ago.

EHEF 2021 will be held virtually from 1 to 2 October. It will be streamed live on the EU website and on the EU Delegation to the Philippines Facebook. Register for free at ehefphilippines.com.

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